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Dr. Dilip Mahalanabis

Dr. Dilip Mahalanabis (12 November 1934 – 16 October 2022) was a pediatrician known for his pioneering work in the use of oral rehydration therapy to treat diarrheal diseases.

He worked as a Medical Officer in the Diarrheal Disease Control Programme of the World Health Organization, Geneva and served as the Director of Clinical Research at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR,B), Bangladesh.

He was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a co-recipient of the Pollin Prize in Pediatric Research (Year 2002) and the Prince Mahidol Prize (Year 2006) for his role in the development and application of oral rehydration therapy.

The Society for Applied Studies (SAS) was established by him in the Year 1990 in West Bengal with a  vision of “Improved Health and Quality of Life” in India and other developing countries, especially for children and women. SAS has now expanded to the Centre for Health Research and Development, Society for Applied Studies (CHRD, SAS), New Delhi